Alberta-based programs to support mental health
The workshops teach people how to develop skills needed to help manage their anxiety, boost their mood, see them though loss and improve overall health and wellbeing.
“Alberta’s primary care networks of family doctors and health care professionals work to ensure people are getting the right help and PCNs offer a range of workshops across the province,” says Lorna Milkovich, Executive Director, Red Deer Primary Care Network. “The virtual workshops are proving popular because they open up more options for people no matter where or how remote they are.”
Some of the PCN workshops related to mental health include:
- Anxiety to Calm
- Health Basics
- Happiness Basics
- Relationships in Motion
- Journey through Grief
- Moving on with Persistent Pain
Learn more about the workshops offered in your area. You can also talk to your family doctor about these programs and if they are for you.
If you don’t have a family doctor, you can search for one by location, sex and languages spoken.
The stories below give the experience of recent participants in anxiety and chronic pain workshops.
As I went through the program, I thought of how I spent the last years with my mom before she died. I would always say to her I pray for your comfort and joy. Last Christmas I got a card from children I used to babysit and the words comfort and joy were prominent on the card. That prompted me to look for comfort and joy and now I realize it is right in front of me. I get it from a nice walk, touching the trees, a steaming cup of coffee or a hot shower. I have learned to savour all the wonderful everyday things in life. I have a much healthier mindset — I have come so far.
I thank the counsellor for his patience and for nudging me to the Anxiety program. I would recommend it to everybody!”
"I was down on myself and feeling worthless. I had been to my employee assistance program and a psychiatrist but wasn’t feeling any better. My doctor referred me to Anxiety to Calm. However, I was skeptical, I thought it would be a waste of time. I asked myself, why am I here, this won’t help. I was surprised how much it really helped. The instructors were very good, I connected with others with similar issues, made friends, and learned useful tools to decrease my anxiety. I make a habit of using the program tools every day and especially if I feel myself slipping back.
Matt, whose battle with persistent pain left him unable to work for nine years and dependent on opioid medication, says the Moving on with Persistent Pain workshop changed his life. He describes it as “amazing, incredible and super helpful.” He uses the skills he learned in the workshop every day, particularly mindful meditation, self-compassion and pacing.